|Publication number||US7155795 B2|
|Application number||US 11/355,653|
|Publication date||Jan 2, 2007|
|Filing date||Feb 16, 2006|
|Priority date||Nov 29, 2004|
|Also published as||US7036660, US20060157363|
|Publication number||11355653, 355653, US 7155795 B2, US 7155795B2, US-B2-7155795, US7155795 B2, US7155795B2|
|Inventors||Michael R. Abidin, Steven P. Lehmbeck, Paul Varga|
|Original Assignee||Leonard Bloom|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (15), Referenced by (6), Classifications (13), Legal Events (7)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This application is a division of application Ser. No. 10/999,133 filed Nov. 29, 2004 now U.S. Pat. No. 7,036,660, the entire disclosure of which is hereby incorporated herein by reference.
The present invention relates to a surgical blade package for safely mounting a surgical blade on a scalpel handle, thereby avoiding accidental or inadvertent cuts.
In our prior inventions, as disclosed and claimed in our U.S. Pat. Nos.
While these earlier patents are fully operational and satisfactory for the purposes intended, the present invention is the culmination of further developments and constitutes a substantial improvement thereon.
The present invention provides a surgical blade package for more easily and conveniently mounting a surgical blade on the forwardly-projecting cleat of a scalpel, thereby substantially minimizing the risk of injury by an accidental or inadvertent contact with the blade. The blade has a tip and further has a mounting slot formed therein. The surgical blade package includes a molded-plastic package having an open top and sidewalls, a bottom wall, a closed end wall and an open end oppositely of the closed end wall, respectively. A transverse ledge is disposed between the side walls, such that the blade is supported on the ledge between the side walls; the blade is substantially parallel to the bottom of the package; the tip of the blade is pointed in the direction of the closed end wall of the package; and the blade has a rear portion in juxtaposition to the open end of the package. A hold-down pivotable tab is integrally connected to the closed end wall by a living hinge. This tab partially covers the open top for retaining the blade within the package.
An important feature of the present invention is this: The cleat of the scalpel is inserted through the open rear end of the package beneath the rear portion of the blade and between the blade and the bottom wall of the package; the cleat on the scalpel is inserted into the slot in the blade; and the tab is pivoted upwardly away from the package as the blade is separated completely from the package.
In a preferred embodiment, the side walls are substantially parallel and have concavely-formed indented (“scalloped”) portions adjacent to the open end of the package, such that the package may be conveniently grasped between the thumb and forefinger of one of the hands of the nurse or technician while his or her other hand is holding the scalpel, thereby providing additional leverage in separating the package from the blade on the scalpel.
In another embodiment, the package has an upstanding stud on the bottom wall thereof; and the blade has a hole formed therein to receive the stud, thereby positioning the blade laterally of the side walls of the package.
Preferably, one of the side walls of the package terminates short of the open end of the package, thereby conforming to a slanted raised portion of the conventional scalpel handle rearwardly of the cleat thereon.
Another important feature of the present invention is this: The blade may be subsequently removed from the scalpel following use of the blade during a surgical procedure in an operating room or other medical environment by reinserting the scalpel with the blade thereon into the original package, thereby stripping the blade from the cleat on the scalpel; and the tab is pressed down on the blade to retain the blade, such that the package with the used blade therein may be placed into a sharps container.
Preferably, cooperating nibs are formed between the pivotable tab and the package, thereby releasably holding the tab down on the blade, such that the cooperating nibs are released as the cleat on the scalpel is mounted into the slot in the blade and the scalpel is moved away from the package.
A sealed, sterile, pouch may be provided for the blade package.
Viewed in another aspect, the present invention provides, in combination, a surgical blade package and a surgical blade contained therein, the blade having a slot formed therein for receiving a forwardly projecting cleat on a scalpel as the scalpel is inserted into the package. Following use of the blade in an operating room or other medical or surgical environment, the blade may be stripped of the scalpel by reinserting the cleat into the package, thereby eliminating or at least substantially minimizing the risk of injury by an accidental or inadvertent contact with the blade. Means are provided for supporting the blade within the package and for preventing an inadvertent dulling of the blade during manufacture, shipment or storage thereof, and releasable means are provided on the package for holding and retaining the blade prior to insertion of the scalpel into the package. The scalpel is inserted beneath the rear portion of the blade and between the blade and a bottom wall of the package, and the scalpel is moved forwardly and upwardly (not downwardly as in our previous patents) relative to the package to mount the blade on the scalpel as the blade is completely removed from the package. After a surgical procedure, the blade is re-inserted within the package and the relative movement of the scalpel and package is reversed to strip the blade off the scalpel; thereafter, the nurse or technician uses the releasable means to again retain the blade prior to disposal of the package with the blade into a sharps container or other disposable means.
Preferably, the means for supporting the blade within the package comprises a transverse ledge formed on the package. In one embodiment, this ledge is formed between parallel side walls of the package and intermediately of the length of the package.
The releasable means for holding down and retaining the blade comprises a tab integrally connected to the package by a living hinge.
Viewed in yet another aspect, the present invention provides a method of more easily and conveniently mounting a surgical blade on the forwardly-projecting cleat of a scalpel, and for subsequently removing the blade from the scalpel following use of the blade during a surgical procedure in an operating room or other medical environment, thereby eliminating or at least substantially minimizing the risk of injury due to an accidental or inadvertent contact with the blade. This improved method includes the steps of provides a package having a blade therein, the blade being disposed between respective side portions of the package and further being recessed below the open top the package. A tab is formed on the package and partially covers the open top of the package above the blade. The package is held with one hand while holding the scalpel with the other hand. The cleat on the scalpel is inserted underneath the rear portion of the blade and between the blade and the package. The scalpel is moved forwardly and upwardly with respect to the package such that the cleat on the scalpel is received within the slot on the blade, and such that diametrically-opposite slits on the cleat engage the respective adjacent sides of the slot in the blade. The forward movement of the scalpel is continued, such that the tab on the package is pushed away as the package is separated from the blade and the blade is mounted on the scalpel.
Following use of the scalpel with the blade mounted thereon during a surgical procedure, the improved method includes the steps of picking up the package; maintaining the flap down on the package; reinserting the blade into the package to completely strip the blade away from the package; and thereafter disposing of the package with the blade therein in a suitable container.
In accordance with the teachings of the present invention, the improved surgical blade package may be used with a standard (unguarded) scalpel handle or with a guarded surgical scalpel as disclosed and claimed in our following United States Letters patents:
U.S. Pat. No. 5,250,063
U.S. Pat. No. 5,275,606
U.S. Pat. No. 5,411,512
U.S. Pat. No. 5,496,340
U.S. Pat. No. 5,569,291
U.S. Pat. No. 5,662,669
These and other objects of the present invention will become apparent from a reading of the following specification, taken in conjunction with the enclosed drawings.
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Once the blade 11 has been used in a surgical procedure, the reverse steps may be employed to re-position the (used) blade 11 in the original package 10 for disposal purposes.
This reverse procedure is shown in
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As will be appreciated by those skilled in the art, the blade package 10 of the present invention is a decided improvement over the prior art (including our own patents) and constitutes an important and valuable contribution in the art. Not only is the operation different and superior (an upward movement rather than a downward movement) but, even more significantly, the original blade package 10 becomes the disposable package or container for the used blade 11.
Obviously, many modifications may be made without departing from the basic spirit of the present invention. Accordingly, it will be appreciated by those skilled in the art that within the scope of the appended claims, the invention may be practiced other than has been specifically described therein.
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|U.S. Classification||29/426.5, 29/464, 29/453|
|International Classification||B23P11/02, B23Q3/00, B23P19/00|
|Cooperative Classification||A61B17/3215, A61B17/3217, A45C11/24, Y10T29/49895, Y10T29/49822, Y10T29/49876|
|Oct 6, 2006||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: BLOOM, LEONARD (PART INTEREST), MARYLAND
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